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Research Project Coordinator
Health Communications Assistant

Research Project Coordinator

Job Summary: The Research Project Coordinator manages daily operations of a biomedical and/or social-behavioral research study involving multidisciplinary teams of colleagues, sponsors & other external project stakeholders. This role monitors study performance, analyzes & review results, & supervises development & implementation of new protocols. This role assigns work & supervises study staff & reviews technical operations ensuring that all processes, protocols & procedures are quality controlled & functioning up to standards. This role develops implements & administers budgets, grant & administrative procedures. This role may co-author scientific papers for presentation & publication & coordinates writing, submission & administration of grants. This role ensures that all study activities are completed by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).

Program Description: The Northwestern University Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH; http://www.isgmh.northwestern.edu) is a university-wide institute dedicated to fostering research that improves the health and wellbeing of the sexual and gender minority communities It currently has multiple NIH- and foundation-funded studies and actively collaborates with community-based organizations to conduct research and translate findings into interventions. It is directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski. The position is based in the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

Project Description: We are conducting a large longitudinal study of sexual minority women and other gender minorities who were assigned female at birth. The goal of this project is to better understand the romantic relationships of these individuals, including what makes them health and unhealthy. This project will recruit approximately 500 sexual minority women and follow them every six months for two and a half years to understand what factors influence the development of both health and unhealthy relationships. These factors include sexual behavior, substance use, mental health and experiences of violence.

Specific Responsibilities:

Technical

  • Leads execution & control of a biomedical and/or social science project or research study.
  • Coordinates processing & analysis of data, conduct of experimental tests & procedures
  • Develops new and/or revised research methodologies.
  • Ensures completion of study activities per protocol including recruitment.
  • Ascertains pretreatment & eligibility requirements.
  • Obtains informed consent.
  • Registers participant with appropriate sponsor.
  • Interviews & obtains medical & social histories.
  • Collects data from medical records.
  • Administers, schedules and/or scores tests.

Administration

  • Oversees & manages collection, maintenance, analysis & evaluation of data that will be used in grant submissions, presentations & publications.
  • Ensures that information is entered correctly into databases.
  • Assists PI in reviewing, analyzing, interpreting, summarizing, formatting, editing, & preparing tables, charts, graphs, progress & final reports, etc.
  • Coordinates between sponsoring agencies, collaborating organizations and/or other research and/or educational institutions.
  • Ensures that all study documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols are completed in a timely manner.

Finance

  • Manages lab/study budget & inventory including purchasing of supplies & services ensuring that they are necessary, reasonable & project related.
  • Orders & maintains inventory of study supplies.
  • Distributes intra-departmental charges.
  • Negotiates with vendors, obtain quotes & arrange for demos of large equipment.

Supervision

  • Trains, directs, assigns duties to & supervises research staff, students, residents and/or fellows.
  • Acts as a mentor in regard to education of junior coordinators.

Miscellaneous

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 3 years’ research study or other relevant experience required; OR
  • Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master’s or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 1 year research study or other relevant experience.
  • Supervisory or project management experience required.
  • Must complete NU’s IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Strong project coordination skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
  • Good communication skills; demonstrated effective spoken and written communication, including willingness to ask questions when clarification or amplification is required.
  • Good time management skills; efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiative, good follow-through; ability to work without supervision.
  • Ability to receive and benefit from feedback; willingness to expand skill set and improve.
  • Flexibility in adapting to new procedures and environments.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills, familiarity with Windows environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in public health and/or medical research.
  • Experience working with community-based organizations.
  • Experiencing supervising research assistants and interns.
  • Experience working with LGBTQ and/or marginalized populations.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Ability to write scientifically for dissemination of findings.
  • Familiarity with data management software, including REDCap.
  • Knowledge of LGBTQ issues.

To apply for this position, please visit Northwestern University’s careers site, and search for job 28452.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. We are seeking a diverse pool of candidates. Candidates from racial/ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

Health Communications Assistant (Part-Time Temp Position)

Program Description: The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) at Northwestern University connects scholars from numerous disciplines with the SGM community to forge collaborations and stimulate new research. It provides leadership and infrastructure that promotes innovative, multidisciplinary research to improve the health and well-being of SGM individuals and communities. The Institute provides unique opportunities for high-level research and training for the next generation of SGM scholars and utilizes innovative modalities to disseminate knowledge widely to the SGM community, the public at large, scholars, service providers, educators, and policymakers. It is the first university-wide institute of its kind. ISGMH is comprised of several programs, including the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program, a translational research program with the mission to improve the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and to increase understanding of the development of sexual orientation and gender identity, with a focus on young people. Both ISGMH and IMPACT are directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski.

Project Description: The Health Communications Assistant will work on communications initiatives across both ISGMH and IMPACT to help plan, generate, disseminate, and evaluate web content and contribute to the overall website content strategy, as well as promote the growing Institute across multiple communications channels. As a translational research program, the IMPACT Program maintains a strong online presence through its comprehensive website (www.impactprogram.org), which receives over 250,000 views each year, contains weekly blogs, interactive quizzes, videos, and other resources designed to reach young people with messaging on healthy sexuality and community pride. Contributing to the success of the program website is a $10k/month online marketing campaign through a non-profit grant from Google AdWords. The Health Communications Assistant will focus on the development of content related to HIV prevention and care for adolescents and young adults.

Specific Job Activities: Primary activities include: generating e-news bulletins; writing or building new pieces of web content; helping maintain websites in WordPress; performing tasks to improve search engine optimization of web pages; creating Google AdWords ads to promote web content; disseminating information via social media; collecting and analyzing Google Analytics data to make data-driven decisions.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in communications or a related field + no experience OR no bachelor’s degree + two years related experience is required.
  2. Experience using WordPress or another content management system.
  3. Basic knowledge of HIV prevention and care.
  4. Experience or interest in working on LGBT issues.

Minimum Competencies:

  1. Excellent communication skills with effective spoken and written communication.
  2. Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.
  3. Efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
  4. Effective time management skills.
  5. Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
  6. Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiative, and good follow-through.
  7. Knowledge of basic computer skills, familiarity with Windows environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with Google AdWords and/or Google Analytics.
  2. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or other design software.
  3. Experience with Twitter and Facebook or other social media.
  4. Experience working in public health, psychology, and/or medical research.

Preferred Competencies:

  1. Ability to work with minimum supervision and guidance.
  2. Flexibility in adapting to new procedures and environments.
  3. Ability to receive and benefit from feedback; willingness to expand skill set and improve performance.

The Health Communications Assistant will work approximately 10 hours per week at $13-15/hr, depending on experience. This position is funded for one year.

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to Julia Dudek, Program Manager, at j-dudek@northwestern.edu.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. We are seeking a diverse pool of candidates. Candidates from racial/ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

 


Training Opportunities

Our Training page contains information about the clinical psychology internship track in LGBT health with the IMPACT Program, as well Northwestern University’s Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program.


Internships

Please visit our Internships page for a full listing of film, web, writing/blogging, and research assistant internship opportunities.


IMPACT Program Diversity Statement: Northwestern University and IMPACT’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated.  Through its work, the IMPACT Program advances the health and wellbeing of LGBT individuals.  Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among IMPACT staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences.  We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.

 



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